Teaching Communities of Practice

Have you ever wished you could connect with others on campus who are doing work similar to yours? Communities of Practice (CoP) are a great way to share with, and learn from, other UTM instructors. They are a place to share ideas and suggestions about teaching and learning topics of interest to you.

The TLC currently supports the following four Communities of Practice:

Active Learning Classrooms

Collaborative Learning

Faculty Writing CoP

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at UTM

Student Engagement

To join one or more of our communities of practice, please contact Dianne Ashbourne.


Active Learning Classrooms

Chair: Sanja Hinić-Frlog

Are you an instructor who has taught, is currently teaching, or hopes to teach in the UTM active learning classrooms? If so, please join us! The Active Learning Classroom (ALC) Community of Practice provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues interested in exploring best practices and impact of active learning spaces on teaching and learning. It is a space to reflect on current experiences in the Active Learning Classrooms.

For more information, please feel free to contact the community facilitator: sanja.hinic.frlog@utoronto.ca

Collaborative Learning

Chair: Nicole Laliberte

A community of practice for those who are interested in exploring the value and use of small group activities and assessments to maximize learning.

For more information, please feel free to contact the community facilitator:  nicole.laliberte@utoronto.ca

Faculty Writing

Chair: Michael Kaler

Scholarship is a profoundly collaborative activity: when we write and send out our work, we bring it into the broad scholarly conversation, joining in the ongoing dialogue with our fellow authors. But while the product of our writing enters into a profoundly social context, the act of writing itself can often feel unsupported and lonely—which can have an impact on our confidence, our productivity, and our engagement with our work.Writing will never be easy, but it gets easier when we know ourselves to be part of a supportive writing community. For that reason, we are inviting those who are interested in building such a community at UTM.

For more information, please feel free to contact the community facilitator:  michael.kaler@utoronto.ca

SoTL at UTM

Chair: Jayne Baker

SoTL (the scholarship of teaching and learning) is the application of inquiry to our own teaching and learning practices. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Community of Practice provides an opportunity to connect with peers interested in taking a scholarly approach to teaching and learning. It aims to recognize, encourage, and engage with SoTL work occurring across all academic disciplines at UTM.

For more information, please feel free to contact the community facilitator:  jayne.baker@utoronto.ca

Student Engagement

Chair: Ken Derry

The Student Engagement Community of Practice aims to connect those who are interested in sharing strategies for engaging students in meaningful learning inside and outside the classroom.

For more information, please feel free to contact the community facilitator:  ken.derry@utoronto.ca